Charlotte Latin advances to NCISAA 4A State Championship
Charlotte Latin 68 Durham Academy 62
Coach Chris Burger of Charlotte Latin is highly regarded as one of the premier coaches in the Charlotte Metro area. His teams are prepared, fundamentally sound, and play with poise and maturity. The majority of his lineup is juniors and seniors that has been with the program since they were freshmen. They know each other, but most of all enjoy playing together and is what high school basketball is all about. Charlotte Latin jumped out to a 22-9 first quarter lead and never looked back. While Durham Academy made a few runs in the second half, it was the playmaking ability of Randy Johnson and the timely shooting of Graham Calton that proved too much. Now, let’s take a closer look at the game’s outstanding players.
6’5 2021 Graham Calton (Charlotte Latin)
Graham Calton had a game high and “quiet” 25 points. He was a model of consistency and efficiency from start to finish. Calton knocked down four 3-pointers for the game, but went a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line down the stretch. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Calton allows the game to come to him, nothing is forced or manufactured. More importantly, Calton has a high basketball IQ, is fundamentally sound, and just makes winning plays.
6’0 Randy Johnson (Charlotte Latin)
Randy Johnson finished with 19 points and did the majority of his damage driving to the basketball. He’s crafty and has an excellent change of pace. In addition, Johnson hit a timely 3-pointer in the fourth quarter when momentum was beginning to change in favor of Durham Academy. Johnson’s constant ability to get into the paint allowed him scoring opportunities at the free throw line where he went 8-10 for the game.
6’1 2021 Chase Montgomery (Charlotte Latin)
Chase Montgomery was the surprise player in the first half for Charlotte Latin. He had eight points by the half including two 3-pointers, but more importantly plays with a toughness that is needed in championship games.
6’6 2021 Toby Harris (Durham Academy)
Toby Harris started a little slow in the first quarter, but was terrific the balance of the game. Harris has length, athleticism and a quick release along with touch and range. Harris finished with 21 points with 18 coming in the second half. In addition, Harris knocked down five 3-pointers for the game.
6’1 2021 Cole Sinclair (Durham Academy)
Cole Sinclair is a strong, aggressive and relentless driver to the basket. He finished with 15 points and was nearly impossible keeping him out of the lane.
6’0 2022 Nik Graves (Durham Academy)
It was a solid all-around performance for the quick and speedy point guard. Graves finished with 14 points and provides a strong two-way presence on the court.